Broken Branches by M.Jonathan Lee @MJonathanLee @HideawayFall


Very moving…and wonderfully well observed” – Yorkshire Post on The Radio  

For fans of Grief is a Thing with Feathers and Roald Dahl’s Tales of the Unexpected comes a story about a family haunted by an ancient curse.

Following the tragic death of Stuart Perkins, his younger brother Ian moves into the family home with his wife and young son.

Grief and loss hang heavy over the house and Stuart’s death has prompted Ian to delve into the rumours of a mysterious family curse which has allegedly been the cause of several tragedies in the Perkins family history. Ian becomes consumed with his research and is determined to uncover the truth before it’s too late.  

M Jonathan Lee deals sensitively with issues of grief and depression in this intriguing, intelligently written novel which ends with a heart-stopping twist!

Published by Hideaway Fall
27th July 2017
Paperback Original £8.99

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What a cracking story which opened a real intriguing question for me. The Perkins beautiful but isolated cottage has been handed down through the generations until it has finally reached Ian who had distanced himself from his ever diminishing family.  Oh boy was my mind going in overdrive. I’m already thinking if something drove him away don’t go back but memories become fuzzy overtime, that is until the small things trigger what his mind has been protecting him from. Like a tree that was always more sinister than any other tree.

The Perkins family had suffered more tragedies than the average family had to the point where some believed they were cursed. Ian in a way decides to make a stand and find out and what begins as the piecing together of a family tree soon becomes an obsession that borders on insanity and a family tree with ‘broken branches’ that will never grow.

The story moves between two time lines, both belonging to Ian. One present day the other of him growing up with his brother in the cottage. There is always that feeling of is something being covered up with the family trying to protect the young boys from dark and sinister secrets?

This opens up so many questions because if a family believe they are cursed are they more likely to lean towards bad choices because they think that is their lot? Ian struggles in the depths of depression the more he finds out with moments of not knowing quite what is real or just in his confused mind.

This isn’t a fast paced book but one that is built on atmosphere, a bit like fog that creeps up on you. You know that something is there even if you can’t see it, well reading this book is like that. It creates that feeling of unease. If someone believes in something then it is real to them and it becomes convincing when they describe something. I love a book that plays with my mind  and this one does it in style.

The setting of this book, the isolation of this family cottage, made it sit in a timeless zone for me, where I could have been reading about any era, like the rest of the world didn’t exist. A unusual story, intriguing and compelling with at times overwhelming sadness but always fascinating.  Looking forward to more from M. Jonathan Lee.



M Jonathan Lee is based in Yorkshire and is the author of several award-nominated novels. He began writing seriously in 2006 shortly after the suicide of his brother, Simon, who had been struggling with depression. Jonathan is a tireless campaigner for mental health awareness. He has written for Mind and Rethink charities and has a regular blog on the Huffington Post. He is divorced and now remarried, between them they have five children, two cats and a dog.





About the publisher
Hideaway Fall are a new independent publishing house based in Yorkshire. They aim to support local and Northern based authors who write kooky, unique and astonishing fiction. @HideawayFall

I wish to thank Eve Wersocki at Midas Public Relations for an ARC of this book for which I have given an honest review. I have also purchased the ebook.

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